NFL reporter Jason La Confora provides another example of just how split everyone is on the big decision that the Bucs have to make about keeping Jameis Winston.
In his article on CBSSports.com, La Confora states that the Bucs should keep Winston for the 2020 season for a variety of reasons.
“They’ve come this far with him, on the field and off,” La Confora said. “And to walk away now doesn’t make much sense. Even if it costs them one more year — at around $28 million or so — it’s more than worth it, especially after paying him over $20M last year on his fifth-year option.”
One of La Confora’s main points for holding onto Winston is because there aren’t any better upgrades at the moment. He explains that Philip Rivers is declining while Winston is ascending in his young career, and while some have linked Tom Brady to the Bucs, he finds Brady unattainable. In terms of the draft, the Bucs pick at 14 will be too far away by the time they’re on the clock as the top quarterbacks that would be worth replacing Winston with will be gone.
La Confora detailed that the best thing the Bucs could do is let Winston grow in his second year in Bruce Arians’ offense, along with giving support around him because he’s always playing from behind.
“So, seriously, what are the Bucs to do at quarterback outside of Winston?” La Confora said. “Another year of Winston, given the construction of this roster – coming off his historic 30 touchdowns, 30 interceptions, 5,000-yards season – is the way to go. And, frankly, giving the young man a little help would be in order. Say what you will about his decision making, but Winston has never had a semblance of a running game or a defense in his five years in the league (ex coordinators like Lovie Smith and Mike Smith exited the NFL, it’s worth pointing out, after struggling with the Bucs), and has always been in situation where chasing points and forcing the ball downfield were the only viable options.
“Perhaps with a semblance of balance on offense and defense capable of the occasional key stop, Winston will curtail his turnovers and continue to make strides. The Bucs can’t afford to let this become a Drew Brees situation, where he ascended to superstardom after leaving San Diego for New Orleans at age 26.”
You can read La Confora’s full explanation in his article here.